Take on the ‘Smartie Challenge’ in April to support the charity Beating Bowel Cancer
Northampton Town are encouraging supporters to take on the ‘Smartie Challenge’ in April to support the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and this year one of the ways the charity is encouraging individuals and organisations to get involved is through a Smartie Challenge. The idea is that people fill a Smartie tube with £1’s or 20p’s throughout the month.
Beating Bowel Cancer’s community fundraiser for the area, Leanne Sinclair, said “Although it doesn’t sound like much, one full tube of 20p’s could help 120 people access Beating Bowel Cancer’s vital online information on the symptoms of bowel cancer. 25 tubes could keep our specialist nurse helpline open for a day, providing a lifeline for people worried about the disease.”
Ricky Holmes, striker for Northampton Town said “Taking part in the Smartie Challenge is a really easy and fun way to raise funds and awareness of bowel cancer. It’s shocking that it’s the second biggest cancer killer when over 90% of people could be treated successfully. I’m really proud to be supporting such a worthy cause.”
Leanne said: “We’re so grateful for Northampton FC players and staff for all their support and fundraising efforts, which will help the charity continue to help those affected by bowel cancer.”
Beating Bowel Cancer is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer. They offer a range of vital services that give people with bowel cancer help, hope and reassurance.
The charity advises people to go to the GP if they have any of the following symptoms for three weeks or more:
• Bleeding from the bottom or blood in your poo
• A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going more often or looser stools
• Abdominal pain, especially if severe
• A lump in your tummy
• Unexplained weight loss or tiredness